5 Reasons for Seniors to Use Their Local Library

Your aging relative has a resource in their community that they may not be using but should be. That resource is their local library. Libraries today are much different than they once were. They are no longer filled only with books and shushing libraries. Today, they offer so much more. Below are 5 reasons your aging relative should be using their local library.

#1: It’s Free!

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Public libraries don’t charge patrons for use of the materials and resources there. So, by using the library, your aging relative has access to books, movies, music, and more at no cost to them. That can be important to older adults who are living on a tight budget.

#2: The Senior Can Cut Entertainment Expenses

If your older family member is struggling to afford cable and Internet services, using the library can help them to eliminate those costs. Most libraries have a large collection of DVDs that the senior can check out. Libraries have both movies and televisions series available, so it’s possible for the older adult the senior to watch just about anything they want to. Libraries also have public computers available for patrons to use, so the senior can check email, view social media, and surf the web in the library’s comfortable setting without having to pay for it. In fact, they could bring their own laptop or mobile device and use free WiFi service.

#3: Reading Stimulates the Brain

Reading is an excellent way for older adults to maintain brain health. Reading stimulates the brain, helping it to form new neural pathways. It also keeps memory and other cognitive skills sharp. In addition, getting lost in a good book is entertaining and can help the older adult forget about other worries, like an illness, for a while.

#4: Libraries Offer Social Connection

When your older family member goes to the library, they have the opportunity to talk to other people, like the librarian. And, since they are in a place where others are also choosing books or movies, there’s automatically something to talk about, like the latest book they read or a movie they enjoyed.

#5: Libraries Offer Seminars and Events

Libraries are a great place to learn about something new or to gain a new skill. Most libraries offer seminars on interesting topics, like local history, health issues, or technology. They may also offer classes to learn a new skill, like knitting or another craft.

If your aging relative is interested in using the library, an elderly care provider can help. Elderly care providers can drive the senior to the library and attend them while they look for a book or movie. Elderly care providers can also carry the books they choose back to the car and into the house. And, if your aging relative has difficulty reading because of poor eyesight, an elderly care provider can read to them.

Your aging relative has a resource in their community that they may not be using but should be. That resource is their local library. Libraries today are much different than they once were. They are no longer filled only with books and shushing libraries. Today, they offer so much more. Below are 5 reasons your aging relative should be using their local library. 

 

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elderly Care in Henderson, Nplease contact the caring staff at Essential Care today at (833) 630-3703. 

 

Sources

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201401/reading-fiction-improves-brain-connectivity-and-function

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